There was a long stretch of time there where Facebook was on a standalone app kick, launching all sorts of options that might have existed better in the stock Facebook app just fine.
Fast forward to the start of 2019 and Facebook is shuttering one of those apps. Moments, which launched initially in 2015, will be closing down soon. CNET has the report on Thursday, saying that Facebook has confirmed the standalone app will be seeing its last sunset on February 25 of this year. The reason? A lack of users.
As a result of the upcoming shutdown, some of the best parts of Moments will live on in the stock Facebook experience:
“We’re ending support for the Moments app, which we originally launched as a place for people to save their photos,” Rushabh Doshi, director of product management for Moments, said in a statement. “We know the photos people share are important to them so we will continue offering ways to save memories within the Facebook app.”
If you were one of the few people who did use Moments, Facebook is giving you time to get your photos from the service. You will need to visit a site Facebook setup for this process, which is available through the Facebook link at the bottom of this article. You will then be able to export photos you’ve shared on Moments to your computer or your phone, or you can simply upload them to Facebook directly.
“Facebook said it’s shutting down the app because not many people are using it, though the company declined to share user numbers. But Sensor Tower, a mobile analytics firm, said the app has been installed by 87 million users on Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store since the service was first launched. At its peak, the app was downloaded 10.7 million times in June 2016. That declined to about 150,000 downloads last month, Sensor Tower said”
So, pour one out for Moments. The app was popular enough right out of the gate, as a Facebook app would have been back in 2015. However, the huge drop-off in numbers isn’t too surprising. This writer forgot it existed at all, in fact. Still, should probably check to see if there are any important photos on the service that need to be saved, and you should do the same thing.